Series: Baytown Boys
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also in this series: Picking Up the Pieces, Sunset Kiss
Also by this author: Serial Love, Celebrating Love, Thin Ice, Picking Up the Pieces, Zander, Sunset Kiss
The Baytown Boys Mysteries
Military duty called them away to war zones, but after tours overseas, the group of friends found their way back home as men, seeking the peaceful little seaside town. Now, the band of brothers, together once more, work to provide a place for less fortunate veterans to call home.
Brogan MacFarlane, a former Marine, filled his days with hard work at the family bar and his nights running along the shore to rid himself of the war memories he would rather forget. But there was one thing in town that provided a distraction…the pretty cop with the haunted eyes.
Ginny Spencer loved the small, shore town and her job, as long as she could keep people at arm’s length. Former Army Military Police, she carried her own battle scars deep inside and that was just where she planned on keeping them. If only the surly bartender with the Irish blue eyes did not make her long for more.
When reports of a Peeping Tom in town escalate to a man accosting women, Ginny and the Baytown police work to find the culprit, but for her, it opens wounds she would rather forget. Brogan, seeing her pain, steps in, no longer willing to sit on the sidelines. And in doing so, allows her to soothe his nightmares as well.
When two scarred souls come together, their love allows them to find the peace they’ve been seeking.
****Due to scenes of an explicit sexual nature and language that some consider crude, please be warned - for 18+ only! If you do not like alphas with heart who fall instantly in love with strong female characters while dealing with real life issues...again be warned!!*****
Finding Peace gives us a story that rings so true with the drama in the world today. Sexual harassment and the ‘boys will be boys’ mentality take center stage as Ginny deals with a peeping tom in her small town and remembers her own demoralizing encounter with sexual harassment and assault. The reactions of various people in the town are exactly what you hear in stories like this. They include various forms of “Come on, they are just boys” and even a few of the more well meaning members of the town don’t quite see the ‘big deal’. As a cop, Ginny has a duty to uphold the laws and as a woman who has been the victim of harassment before, she finds herself in the overwhelming task of educating a group of people. Some of those people welcome learning more about this pervasive issue; some are not open minded.
Brogan is a veteran as well and he carries his own set of baggage. Ginny and Brogan really like each other, but Brogan has some deep seeded self esteem issues and struggles with PTSD. He, however, has a very supportive family and the love of the people in his small hometown. Ginny’s family excommunicated her and she is rebuilding her life in Baytown. Sometimes the dialogue was a little cheesy and this was the only downside to the book in my opinion. The mystery of the voyeur is really not the focus of the story so I don’t really consider this a ‘romantic suspense’. However, the mystery builds with the story and it was interesting. For a small town, there were no lack of chauvinistic pig suspects. Ick.
Characters with struggles that tug at your emotions, engaging supporting characters, and a mystery to keep you turning pages all combine in Finding Peace!
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: ex-military, PTSD, police, small town
- Triggers: View Spoiler »As mentioned above, there are several instances described of sexual harassment and assault that might be triggers for some women « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes with epilogue « Hide Spoiler
books by Susan Stoker, Anne Conley, Kaylea Cross…then you will probably like Finding Peace!
This sounds like it’s pretty well done, Samantha. Cheesy dialog aside, I like the it focuses on an issue so relevant in today’s world. And you have me curious about how Ginny and Brogan come together as well as how this incident is eventually dealt with. Great review!